When I’m working with Buyers, I always want to know about where they work and how they live, because the house they ultimately decide to purchase has to fit in with their lifestyle. People don’t often consider how walkable a neighborhood is when they find a house they love. More often than not, we then to take a step back and figure out if Johnny can walk to school, or how close we are to the running trail.
When I refer to a house being walkable, I am talking about proximity, not necessarily walking distance. Not everyone in Austin has a commute. Many of my clients work from home, so even the nearest place to get milk, can be a consideration. Those who work from home have no commuting flight path. Everyone has something they want to be convenient to. For me – it’s a movie theater.
Walking scores do actually exist. Overall, Austin has a walking score of 49, with 100 being the best. It is rated the 29th most walkable city in the country. Looking to find out how walkable your house is? Go to http://www.walkscore.com/
I support local Austin, after all, I think it’s only neighborly.